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12/3 Evening Thread

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Here's an evening thread for this fine Wednesday evening in December.

Jason Heyward's Swing

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One thing that strikes me about Jason Heyward's swing is the intensity. By watching his feet, you can get a sense of the force with which he is rotating. That's what it looks like when you take a swing to "11".

The interesting thing is that Heyward's swing isn't unusually short. It's 10 frames, which is typical.

As a result, of the violence of his rotation. Heyward gets pronounced extension, but his extension is the result of the force of his rotation, not the cause of anything.

The biggest negative that I see is a lack of a Z-Axis adjustment mechanism. Like Matt Holliday and Matt Adams, and unlike Albert Pujols, Jason Heyward has no way of delaying the start of his swing other than keeping his hands back. Notice how his hands don't launch until a couple of frames after his front heel plants. That (kind of) works, but it's not as efficient as what Pujols does (or, really, did) or Edmonds did.

Support St. Jude Children Research Hospital

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Hello fellow VEBers. I'm running in the St. Jude Marathon next month. Please consider making a donation to support the children of St. Jude. Go cards!

I was on WDWS 1400 AM in Champaign on Friday

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Talked Cardinals baseball with Brian Moline. Go to the 15 minute mark for my segment.

Short to the Ball?

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Here's another one for the hitting geeks; a discussion of one of the most common phrases with respect to hitting mechanics.

Offseason Mechanical Recommendations

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I am in the process of putting together a piece with recommendations about mechanical adjustments that certain Cardinal players could make. I'm interested in people's feedback.

My Last(ing) Image of Oscar Taveras

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As you can tell, I had a (mostly) great view of Oscar's last home run. The thing that I find -- charming is really the best word -- is the little hop at the end of the swing, as if he knows it's gone or at least has a chance.

SB Nation: Thousands attend Taveras funeral

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Memorial services for recently deceased 22-year-old Cardinals outfielder Oscar Taveras were held on Tuesday in Sosua, Dominican Republic.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Cards hope others will learn from Taveras' death

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Derrick Goold reports from Oscar Taveras's funeral, including quotes from an interview with Carlos Martinez.

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